an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth

an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth

Compensation or retribution that is (or should be) of an equal amount or degree to the injury or offense that was originally dealt. The saying comes from various passages in the Bible, including in Exodus, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy. I cannot be placated by paltry excuses of reparation! An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth; this I demand from all who have wronged me.
See also: eye, tooth

an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth

used to refer to the belief that retaliation in kind is the appropriate way to deal with an offence or crime.
This expression refers to the law of retribution as set out in the Old Testament (Exodus 21:24), known as lex talionis .
See also: and, eye, tooth
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It's okay basta maputol ko lang kayo [as long as I will cut you off] or an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth," Duterte said during an awarding ceremony in Malacanang last Wednesday.
He said, "You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' But I say to you, do not resist an evildoer.
No longer do either the powerful--the Israelis--or the powerless--the Palestinians--believe in an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. Both sides want all teeth for one, both eyes for one.
"In Leviticus, the Lord Commanded 'You shall not take vengeance or bear any grudge against the sons of your own people.' Here the Old Testament anticipated Jesus 'teaching: 'You have heard it said, "an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth." But I say to you, do not resist one who is evil.
The same Old Testament that ordered "an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth" also prohibited vengeance.